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Canadian Bacon

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Roger Davidson

Canadian Bacon
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The first fiction film by director Michael Moore, this little seen comedy is actually quite funny. If you understand the petty prejudices that US Americans and Canadian Americans have for each other. This movie rips those stereotypes wide open. First, the story: The current president of the US (Alan Alda) decides that, because of lack of enthusiasm for the presidency among the US American people, he should begin a cold war with our neighbors to the north. However, a shooting war might start, thanks to an inept Niagra Falls sheriff (John Candy in his last role) and his tough deputy (Rhea Perlman).

Though this was heavily panned by the critics, they must not have understood the interplay of prejudices that Canadian Americans and US Americans have for each other. Moore is just as fine a fiction filmaker as he is a documentary filmaker. The editing is a little scattershot and not every gag works, but the actors all do a fine job. It's heartbreaking to think that Candy couldn't live to see people enjoy his first class role. He got the job done and did it well. I recently had the good fortune to meet Michael Moore at a lecture in Minneapolis. He strikes me as a type of man who has a lot to be angry about, but on the other hand, he has a fantastic sense of humor about it all. Needless to say, I had a good time. You'll have a good time, if you rent (as a double-bill) this movie, and Moore's early Roger & Me. If you do, your in for one hell of an interesting and entertaining night.

My Rating = Three Stars


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